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 Post subject: List of fruit, vegetables and legumes that are safe for rats
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:27 pm 
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Fruit and vegetable list
Source: The Scuttling Gourmet - Edition 3

All listed fruits, vegetables and legumes are suitable for rats within the parameters described.

A
Aduki beans (sprouted, raw, canned or boiled)
Apple (pips removed if you’re a purist but they really won’t do them any harm unless you feed by the cupful!)
Apricots (no stone - as for apple, dried are usually preserved in sulphur)
Asparagus
Aubergine (eggplant, bitter when raw)
Avocado (flesh only, no skin or stone – this one matters)

B
Bamboo shoots
Banana (fine for oldies in moderation, yes they are high in potassium but the kidney failure suffered by rats causes fluid and electrolyte loss through increased urine productions – so low potassium is a potential problem)
Bean sprouts (make your own from all varieties of beans and peas that can be eaten without cooking)
Beetroot
Bilberry
Blackberries
Blackcurrant's
Blueberries
Bok choy (Pak choi) (great alternative to kale and dandelion)
Broad beans (canned or boiled)
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts (raw is fine, leaves and stalks are fine)
Butternut squash (more palatable cooked)

C
Cannellini beans (canned or boiled)
Cantaloupe melon (great moisture source for shows)
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Cherries (without stone – as for apple)
Chick Peas (roasted, sprouted, canned or boiled)
Chicory
Clementine (girls only)
Clover
Coconut
Collard greens
Courgette (Zucchini)
Cranberries
Cress
Cucumber (great moisture source for shows)

D
Damson
Dandelion leaves (great ratio of calcium and phosphorus for bone health)
Dates

E
Eggplant (Aubergine, bitter when raw)
Elderberry
Endive (in moderation)

F
Fennel
Figs (small amount)
French beans (raw or cooked)

G
Gala melon (great moisture source for shows)
Garlic (more palatable cooked)
Globe artichoke
Gooseberry (cooked)
Grapes
Green beans (raw or cooked)

H
Haricot beans (canned or boiled)
Honeydew melon (great moisture source for shows)

J
Jerusalem artichoke

K
Kale (curly) (great ratio of calcium and phosphorus for bone health)
Kohlrabi
Kidney beans (canned or boiled)
Kiwi
Kumquat (girls only)

L
Leek (cooked)
Lemon (girls only)
Lentils (all varieties raw, sprouted, cooked)
Lettuce (small amount)
Lime (girls only)
Loganberry

M
Mandarin (girls only)
Mange tout
Mango (girls only)
Marrow (more palatable cooked)
Melon (great moisture source for shows)
Mulberry (leaves can be eaten too)
Mung beans (sprouted, raw, canned or boiled)
Mushrooms

N
Nectarines (no stone - as for apple)

O
Okra
Olive
Onion (more palatable cooked)
Orange (girls only)

P
Pak choi (bok choy) (great alternative to kale and dandelion)
Papaya
Parsnips (more palatable cooked)
Passion fruit
Peach (no stone - as for apple)
Peas (frozen or fresh)
Pears
Peppers (all colours)
Persimmon (sharon fruit)
Physalis (chinese lantern fruit)
Pineapple
Plums (without stones – as for apple)
Pomegranate
Pomelo (girls only)
Potato
Prunes
Pumpkin (more palatable cooked)

R
Radish
Raisins
Raspberries
Redcurrant
Red cabbage (small amount, more palatable cooked)
Red onion (more palatable cooked)
Rhubarb (small amounts and cooked only)
Rocket
Runner bean (cooked)

S
Savoy cabbage
Shallot (more palatable cooked)
Sharon fruit (Persimmon)
Soya beans (canned, boiled or fermented)
Spring greens (spring cabbage, useful alternative to dandelion and kale)
Spring onion
Spinach (small amounts – high oxalate greens)
Squashes (more palatable cooked)
Strawberries
Swede
Sweet chestnuts (more palatable cooked, may cause digestive upset raw)
Sweet corn (frozen or fresh, on cob or off)
Sweet peppers
Sweet potato (more palatable cooked
Sugar snap pea
Swiss chard (small amount – high oxalate greens)

T
Tangerine (girls only)
Tomato
Turnip (more palatable cooked)

W
Water chestnuts
Watercress
Watermelon (great moisture source for shows)

Z
Zucchini (Courgette)

Unless otherwise stated all foods can be fed raw or cooked, but might be more palatable one way or the other, and preference may vary from rat to rat. The fruits that are only suitable for girls are those that contain d-limonene, a compound that can cause a male specific protein to clump together in the rat kidneys, which may affect long-term kidney health.

Author: Alison Campbell

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Fancy Rats Team


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